23rd January 2024


UK Athletics has today published the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team selection policy for the European Athletics Championships taking place in Rome 7 – 12 June 2024.

The selection policy for the event – which takes place just a few weeks ahead of the UK Athletics Championships and Olympic Trials – aims to maximise medal success at the European Championships, support athletes’ plans to achieve success at the Paris Olympic Games, and to support preparation towards medal success at the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

With no designated trial event for this championship, athletes wishing to be considered for selection are being asked to return an expression of interest form. In addition, with Paris being the primary performance focus in 2024 and the need to support athletes during the build up towards the Olympic Trials, the GB & NI team for the championships will be up to a maximum of 70 athletes.

Athletes who won gold at the 2022 European Athletics Championships in Munich will be awarded a wildcard for the event by European Athletics. In addition, UKA will also select athletes that medalled at the 2023 Budapest World Championships, but in both cases, this is contingent on an athlete’s injury and health status ensuring they are fit to compete.

There are seven events where the UKA qualification standard is lower than that set by European Athletics: Men’s pole vault, discus, javelin and decathlon, and women’s 100m hurdles, triple jump and heptathlon. For these events athletes will also be required to achieve their qualification through the European Athletics Ranking Qualification system (‘Road to Rome’) or achieve the European Athletics Entry Standard.

Olympic Head Coach Paula Dunn said:

“The European Athletics Championships has always been a successful event for GB & NI and I’m looking forward to taking a strong and competitive team to Rome that can bring home medals.

“It is also a great opportunity for athletes building up towards Paris and it is with that in mind that we have retained the majority of EA selection standards, and in some cases, lowered them.

“This combined with the stated maximum team size will give us the best blend of supporting athletes with a clear performance focus on Paris, whilst still helping to develop athletes on the right trajectory for future world and Olympic success, fulfilling the objectives of the World Class Programme.”

Athletes that wish to be considered for selection need to complete the Expression of Interest Form linked on the selection policy before the 3rd May 2024.

To view the policy click HERE.